Finding your 'why'?
Does anyone have resources they'd recommend for helping you self-analyze your core principles/motivations/mission/why?
I was given good advice about linking company goals to team member self-interest. While thinking about that I ran into trouble articulating my own 'why'. I do what I do because...I do? I get out of bed in the morning because I feel a responsibility to get out of bed in the morning. I'm struggling to dive deeper.
If there are any Jocko Podcasts that cover the topic please point me at those, too!
I highly recommend Simon Sinek's book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. I found it helpful. I'm not sure about any of Jocko's podcasts though.
To be honest with you I don't think there is a book or podcast that can compare with looking yourself in the mirror and being hurtfully honest with yourself. What is it that I really want to do? Is it actually feasible to do? Is your "why" a job or can you not financially support yourself with it?
There are so many questions you need to answer and I believe that introspection is probably the only way.
But thinking about it if you just want a place to start looking I'd recommend Dr Jordan Peterson and any of his lectures on meaning and belief as it helped me no end.
Mark... This is a great topic, in as much you're attempting to identify what motivates you. I agree with Eric that you can look at Simon's work (I personally find that his message doesn't resonate with me... Maybe because he never really "rolled-up" his sleeves and slugged it out in the leadership trenches. I'd point you towards a good executive coach that utilizes a behavioral assessment. I've used coaches in the past and would recommend the service. The behavioral assessment that I often point people to are the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and the Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) assessments (You can read about them here - https://www.hoganassessments.com/assessments/). Full transparency... I am not affiliated with nor do I get a fee as a result of providing this advice/link to you. These assessments share who you are normally, who you are when the "heat" is on (and as a leader, isn't the heat always on?), and who you are at your ethical core. I've taken these and have used them in our practice so that we can better work with the leaders we encounter.
Hopefully this will help... If you'd like to further discuss offline, PM me and we'll connect.
JP does a good speech at Muster on the importance about finding your Mission. Without a mission/s it is easy to lose direction if you have no why.
I can only echo what has been written above and sit down with yourself and work out what you want out of life. Look at what is currently important to you in life and find meaning around that.
It is better to do that exercise now than wake up one day when you are 85 years old and saying “What the hell was that all about?”
Further to my comments above I would recommend you get ‘The Code. The Evaluation. The Protocols’ by Jocko, Dave and Sarah.
@sam-palazzolo Thanks, Sam! An executive coach is an interesting idea. I've 'grown up' at the company I'm working with now and there isn't a strong mentoring culture, so outsourcing some of that might be interesting!
@mark-museth I actually hadn't heard of that book from Jocko! I'll download that now. Thank you. Maybe I can get JP to give the speech at one of the Zoom meetings!
@paul-riozzi Appreciate the note for Peterson. Seems like he has lots of content out there!
@eric-fehr Haha, that was actually one of the things that inspired me to post this--so thank you for thinking of it in relation to my question! Good stuff.